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Chamber of Commerce to send survey to local candidates

Chamber of Commerce to send survey to local candidates

Candidates running for Escambia county and City of Pensacola races will soon have the chance to make their stance on business issues.

On Monday, a survey will go out to candidates running for Pensacola City Council and Escambia County Board of Commissioners.

The Pensacola Chamber of Commerce will use the answers from the survey to help voters understand where the candidates stand on certain issues.

"We're really just looking to get the information from the candidates and share it with our members and the public; just to let everyone know where these candidates are on the issues that are important to the business community," said Todd Thompson, Vice President of Public Affairs for the Chamber.

The survey will be sent to each candidate running for the city council and county commissioner seat.

Business leaders are hopeful their answers will help with political transparency.

"You know you'd like to know what people think before they get elected, not after," Quint Studer said.

The questions have not been released but they will be aimed issues that impact local business.

The survey is not required for those running, but Studer hopes all will take the time to fill it out.

"I would hope some of the questions are 'Where do you think there was a ball that got dropped; that if you are in office, you can fix that?'" Studer said.

The answers received by the Chamber will be shared online after the survey closes on July 8.

"You know absentee ballots will start going out pretty soon, so we want to make sure we get the information and are able to disseminate it in a timely fashion, so people can go through it, study it, and really know where the candidate stands," Thompson said.

This is the first year for the Chamber's survey.

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